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Maurice Duruflé: Complete Organ Works [Hybrid SACD] Hybrid SACD, SACD
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The player's technique simply cannot be questioned - he clearly understands his subject, which a lot of foreign organists do not seem to grasp when playing French music. As regards interpretation, I see no problems here (although in the wonderful Introit for Epiphany, the rubato is perhaps a little too obvious and over-emphasised in places for my liking). There are also some slight 'German' touches to this performance, but this simply offers a fascinating insight into another excellant organists' take on the work.
Perhaps the finest performance on this disc is the Scherzo op 2, which is played particularly well.Read more ›
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Duruflé wrote slowly and carefully and did not leave very much music. This disc contains ALL of his organ music. One wishes he had written (or preserved) more. The two big pieces here are the early Suite, Op. 5, and the 'Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur la thème du "Veni Creator", ' Op. 4. The Toccata in the former, reminding one of Gigout's famous Toccata, and the Choral varié in the latter are particularly memorable, and expertly played by organist Friedhelm Flamme. There are a number of much smaller pieces, most memorable of which are the 'Chant donnée - Hommage à Jean Gallon,' exquisite for its short 1 1/2 minutes, and the previously mentioned Prelude and Fugue on the name of [Jehan] Alain. Characteristic of Duruflé writing is the extremely subtle mix of colors; he was very careful to prescribe registrations and there are certainly some organs that cannot supply the color required. The organ here, a new Mühleisen (of Strasbourg) Organ installed in 2000 at the Stiftkirche in Bad Gandersheim, Lower Saxony, is perfectly suited, it sounds to me, for the delicacy of Duruflé's music.
I wish I could describe the effect Duruflé's style has on me; it is both exquisitely wrought and delicate, and at the same time highly emotional (in that oh-so-French way); it has much the same effect on me that the Ravel of, say, 'L'Enfant et les sortileges' or the Satie of 'Socrate' does. I've been playing this disc in my car and at home for a couple days and can't seem to get enough of it. I have been playing the audio CD layer of this hybrid SACD disc and the sound is exemplary; I can only imagine how it would be in SACD sound.
Two highlights on this CD : the Suite opus 5 (track 1-3) especially in the Toccata, and the Prelude and Fugue on Alain opus 7 (track 12-13). Both better known as concert pieces, for their brightness in style and execution. A very interesting piece, Chant donné - Hommage à Jean Gallon (track 4) is an interesting short and not so well known piece that worth the listening.
Soft registration and expressive play by Friedhelm Flamme make theis CD a sort of tribute to the excellence of composition by Duruflé.
Very accurate recording, choice of repertoire and meticulous execution make togother a summit in recorded organ music.